The Barton Child Law and Policy Center promotes and protects the legal rights and interests of children who are involved with the juvenile court, child welfare, and youth justice systems. The Center’s work is directed by Emory Law faculty and performed by law and other graduate students who provide holistic legal representation to youth clients at trial and in administrative proceedings, support appeals to protect the right to family integrity and advance system reform strategies through research, public education, policy development, and legislative advocacy.
The mission of the Barton Center is to promote and protect the legal rights and interests of children who are involved with the juvenile court, child welfare, and youth justice systems in the state of Georgia. We aim to inspire excellence among professionals and to prepare emerging practitioners for successful and rewarding careers in child advocacy.
The Center achieves its reform objectives through research-based policy development, legislative advocacy, and high-quality legal representation at the trial and appellate levels.